Four going for gold at WorldSkills 2017

FOUR talented competitors from Northern Ireland will be competing for gold in the world’s largest vocational skills competition in Abu Dhabi next month as part of Team UK.

WorldSkills 2017, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from October 14-19, sees young people from 77 member countries and regions compete in 51 skill competitions.

Northern Ireland competitors Adam Ferguson (landscape gardening), Cameron Nutt (carpentry), Andrew Gault (autobody repair) and Armondas Tamulis (wall and floor tiling) were given a special send-off reception by the Department for the Economy at Belfast Metropolitan College before starting their journey to the Middle East.

The four represent CAFRE/Historic Royal Palaces, North West Regional College, Riverpark Training/Glenn Allen Car Body Repairs and Southern Regional College respectively.

Eugene Rooney, deputy secretary at the Department, said: “I want to congratulate all four Northern Ireland competitors on being selected for WorldSkills 2017.

"They have already been successful against strong competition from apprentices and students from across the UK, and now have the opportunity to test their skills against the best in the world.

“Entering international skills competitions such as these enables WorldSkills UK to benchmark the employability skills of our apprentices with those from around the world and showcases Northern Ireland talent on the global stage."